Colorado Republicans Prove Dangerous To Queer Youth Despite National Call To End Ex-Gay Therapy

Screen Shot 2015-04-09 at 9.55.56 AMThe New York Times reported Wednesday night that President Obama will call for a national ban on conversion therapy this week, and boy do we need it. Just look at Colorado.

Colorado legislators were somehow able to legalize marijuana, and perhaps it is because they’re so blazed off their asses now that the state Senate voted down a bill that would ban gay conversion therapy on minors.

Did we say blazed? We meant Republican. Who would have thought?

The bill failed 3-2, with Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. Republican Sens. Ray Scott of Grand Junction, Jerry Sonnenberg of Sterling and Owen Hill of Colorado Springs voting to kill the bill.

Democratic Sens. Andy Kerr and Pat Steadman voted for the ban.

And besides the vote stinking to high hell, here’s the really gross part:

Hill sent an e-mail to his supporters explaining his ‘no’ vote, filled with such pearls of wisdom as: “I am hesitant to use the heavy hand of government to take away the dignity of choice in cases where individuals want this therapy.”

Choice?! How about the gay youth who have no choice but to submit to their parents’ will and be traumatized by the harmful practice?

Senate Democrats put out their own statement, expressing dismay over the outcome.

“Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee decided to allow the dangerous and widely discredited practice of conversion therapy to continue today, denying legislation that prohibits the practice on minors,” it says.

“Conversion therapy is nothing short of abusive. Not only is it ineffective, it harms children. It can cause depression, substance abuse problems, and even suicide,” added Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver, the bill’s sponsor.

“Growing up is hard to do, and there are even more challenges when you are questioning your sexuality. We need to teach young people acceptance, not shame.”

via Denver Post